By the way, have you ever noticed that the acronym for the United Nations —“un” — is our English prefix for undoing? What could be more suitable for such an unscrupulous body? Please, can we just ignore them to death? Neither they nor the Mourning Mother benefit from our attention and we benefit when we benignly neglect them.
Second place went to a most unusual post by New World Man. Being Normal sounds normal enough, but it’s deeper and wider than mere normalcy. Matt Barr has taken on the “Being Poor” meme and fisked it:
|John Scalzi's post Being Poor has certainly taken on a life of its own, hasn't it? Now Eric Zorn, not sure Scalzi's post (er, essay) inspired enough class envy, or that acknowledging its merits does enough to establish his empathic bona fides, has weighed in with a Being Privileged riff...|
Villanous Company is a trip. She won the non-Council votes this week for a deserving post which ranges over a wide variety of topics. She ends with this thought. It’s only pessimisstic on the surface, at least to this reader. But I believe in our American experiment and Cassandra is a prime example of what de Tocqueville thought gave us our strength:
|The media seem, increasingly, to be agitating for some kind of revolution and the agenda seems to be getting more and more open and in-your-face. We look at the BBC and cry 'socialism' but there isn't all that much difference, really, between the BBC and the NY Times or even the Washington Post when you look at the underlying message: it is government's job to insure against all evils that can possibly befall mankind and if that doesn't happen, our 'institutions' have 'failed us'.|
|Do we not have any duty to ourselves? Are we all powerless flotsam on the river of life? How utterly depressing - especially when one considers that the "government" we are urged to depend on is, in the end, "us" in the aggregate. A confederation of helpless dunces.|
Second place is a must-see. Come to think of it, Villanous Company, as a military wife, would probably say they deserved place of honor.These guys did a great job with a flash media presentation demonstrating just how much we’ve accomplished in Iraq. Their post is only too aptly named — Recent Operations in Iraq: Decisive, Effective, and Unheralded:
|In an effort to create a brief visual summation of recent operations and successes in the fight against al Qaeda in Iraq and other assorted affiliated terrorist groups who share both ideology and goals, we (see note below) have created a Flash presentation titled Coalition Operations: Anbar & Ninawa Province .|
Drop by The Watcher’s Place. There is so much good material waiting to be read and digested.